On Berett's website they list SPII's in their field gun (hunting) category and they list the 687 series in their competition (sporting) category. Beretta's website also shows distinct/different barrel length options for each series (687 vs. SPII). So it seems as if Beretta is trying to make the 687 series as their sporting gun and the SP series as their field gun. Dunno.
I've been looking at websites to purchase an SPII but they are almost always listed as 687's. Except at Cabela's and they have a 687 listed for around $2200 and a SPII listed for around $1800 both guns in perfect condition. Seem to me both guns are almost identicle but Cabela's has them listed different for a different price.
Beretta's current offerings start with the 686 White Onyx, Onyx Pro (also a 686), 686 Silver Pigeon S.Then they jump to the 687 series of the Silver Pigeon, 687 SP II, III, IV, V. Some of these (the II and the III) are offered in both field and sporting versions.
The IV and V are strictly field guns.
The only differences between the 686 White Onyx and the 687 series is engraving and wood quality. With the IV and V series, you have different finishes as well.
Mechanically, they are all the same guns though.
There are also differences between the field version of a gun and the sporting version (choke tubes, bore diameter, rib width and the addition of a mid-rib bead on the sporting models.)
The field version will also have an automatic safety. A sporting version will have a manual safety. The sporting versions are also available with longer barrels for those who prefer to swat clay pigeons rather than shoot them. Just kidding.
Seven year old, but pretty accurate posting. How much is a SP11 28" Sporting with an adjustable trigger, like S682's and DT10's worth today? (80-85% gun needs new locking bolt)
Some reports that the newer Optima Barrel and choke tubes are worth more money since bore is 18.6mm (.732). Some report S687 is basically a S682 receiver (adj trigger) 10mm top rib; better wood and nice brass plate for your monogram. 2003 prices were only a couple hundred dollar difference. Then the III came out in the $3k range. Same price range as Joel Etchen and Rich Coles guns, but they get much better wood (fancy)
A forum community dedicated to Shotgun owners and enthusiasts including the Remington, Beretta, and Mossberg shotguns brands. Come join the discussion about optics, hunting, gunsmithing, styles, reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more!